A growing disconnect between the American conservatives and the republicans who supposedly represent them is coming to a head in Washington D.C.
Donald Trump stormed into office in January with an extremely bold agenda on his mind. The unconventional President had invigorated the republican base in ways that no one had since the days of Ronald Reagan, and an infectious hopefulness seemed to be making the rounds of the party. Trump was going to mow down the Washington elite, drain the swamp, and restore common sense to our nation’s political menagerie.
This optimism was outwardly shared by the establishment republicans in Congress, who enthusiastically and publicly admitted to being ready for the enormity of the changes to come. As it turns out, that may have been all a ruse.
From the moment that Trump stepped foot in the White House, the winds of change seemed to be stalling. The D.C. elite worked to limit Trump’s agenda, slowly at first, but building steam with every tweet and response that the Commander in Chief published and pontificated on. Soon, the American people were keen to the ruse of Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, who were simply hoping to humor the President through the next 4 years before replacing him with another establishment shill.
Now, after a bevy of failures within Congress, conservatives are demanding that Mitch McConnell be ousted in order to make way for actual progress.
“The Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and the Senate Conservatives Fund called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the rest of Senate leadership to resign over their inability to pass President Donald Trump’s agenda, which includes repealing and replacing Obamacare, confirming federal judges, and funding a southern border wall.
“The grassroots conservative leaders chastised the members of Senate leadership, which includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). The conservatives argued that the Senate leadership should resign to make way for more effective lawmakers who will enact the president’s populist agenda.
“Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, explained that Republicans gained a majority in Congress thanks to grassroots conservatives’ activism. In exchange for their support, Republicans promised to fulfill conservatives’ agenda.”
Trump’s plans for the nation only seemed wildly unachievable by the litany of Congressional stalwarts who have been suckling on the government and special interest teat for the better part of their careers.
President Trump, elected for his uniqueness and his status as a non-politician, knew that he would have an uphill battle once he reached the Beltway, but few imagined the depth of the republican treachery that awaited him. Now, with McConnell’s days numbered, and Paul Ryan on the chopping block next, a real revolution could be looming for the republican party if they aren’t willing to meet the demands of their conservative constituents.